Hindu – A perceived divide between the Assamese-dominated Brahmaputra Valley and the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, appears to have penetrated cricket in Assam.

Summary

  • A perceived divide between the Assamese-dominated Brahmaputra Valley and the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, appears to have penetrated cricket in Assam.
  • Four cricketers from the Barak Valley were allegedly abused and assaulted in Guwahati at an Under-16 trial camp, conducted under the School Sports Promotion Foundation, from January 22-24.
  • Newspapers from the Barak Valley reported that the boys were threatened against playing for Assam.
  • SSPF’s State coordinator Gautam Hazarika however, said, “Nothing of this sort happened, and one of the boys from Barak Valley got selected for the State team.”
  • Most indigenous groups in Brahmaputra Valley are opposed to the controversial Bill while a majority in Barak Valley want it to be made a law, fast-tracking the process of Indian citizenship for non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who fled religious persecution till December 31, 2014.


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